Even though Rockport
Harbor is small, it is well worth placing on your cruising itinerary. Located on the
northeastern side of Cape Ann, MA , Rockport is
well known as a small New England village where artists and the local fishing and
lobstering fleets blend in a quaint yet vibrant atmosphere. The harbor is located in the
central downtown area, and you'll find delightful shops, galleries and restaurants within
easy walking distance.
All transient vessel tie-ups in Rockport Harbor are under the
direction of the
Rosemary Lesch and Scott Story, who may be reached by calling the Rockport Harbormaster on
VHF Ch. 9. You may wish to call ahead for reservations (especially on summer weekends) at
(978)546-9589. The fee for overnight tie-ups is $1.00 per foot per night. Because of
our tides and harbor depth, the maximum draft which can be accommodated is about 6½ feet.
If there is no available space for tying up, there is a nice anchorage to the northwest of
Bearskin Neck off of Front Beach (no fees). One caveat - if the wind is blowing strong
from the east or northeast, the anchorage and tie-up spaces are uncomfortable or even
Services which can be found in Rockport include groceries, an
apothecary, a laundry, taxi service, bus service and a
and points between. Rockport has been a dry town since 1856, so if you would like an
alcoholic beverage, you need to BYOB. Also, Rockport has no fuel docks, marine stores, or
shipyards at this time, so plan accordingly.
SBYC can provide you with fender boards (for tying up
alongside the pilings), a shower, ice, a Snack Bar and a friendly staff to assist you with
your lines or answer your questions.
For more information, and a
cruising guide, visit the
Rockport Harbormaster website.
Additional information can also be found at
, home of the Northshore Harbormasters Association.